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Police statistics have shown that automobile antitheft devices reduce the risk of car theft, but a statistical study of automobile theft by the automobile insurance industry claims that cars equipped with antitheft devices are, paradoxically, more likely to be stolen than cars that are not so equipped.

Which one of the following, if true, does the most to resolve the apparent paradox?

(A) Owners of stolen cars almost invariably report the theft immediately to the police but tend to delay notifying their insurance company, in the hope that the vehicle will be recovered.
(B) Most cars that are stolen are not equipped with antitheft devices, and most cars that are equipped with antitheft devices are not stolen.
(C) The most common automobile antitheft devices are audible alarms, which typically produce ten false alarms for every actual attempted theft.
(D) Automobile owners who have particularly theft-prone cars and live in areas of greatest incidence of car theft are those who are most likely to have antitheft devices installed.
(E) Most automobile thefts are the work of professional thieves against whose efforts antitheft devices offer scant protection.

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hi vaivish,

In "Resolve the apparent paradox" questions, we need to choose an answer that doesn't violate the fact set given in the stimulus.

Statistics $$\Rightarrow$$ Antitheft Devices Reduce risk of car theft.
Insurance $$\Rightarrow$$ Cars w/antitheft more likely to be stolen.

A) Owners of stolen cars almost invariably report the theft immediately to the police but tend to delay notifying their insurance company, in the hope that the vehicle will be recovered. - This doesn't resolve the given paradox.
(B) Most cars that are stolen are not equipped with antitheft devices, and most cars that are equipped with antitheft devices are not stolen. This supports what Police statistics have shown, but not what Insurance industry claims. Its one-sided.
(C) The most common automobile antitheft devices are audible alarms, which typically produce ten false alarms for every actual attempted theft.Irrelevant.
(D) Automobile owners who have particularly theft-prone cars and live in areas of greatest incidence of car theft are those who are most likely to have antitheft devices installed. This offers the right explanation without violating Insurance Industry's claims as well as Police statistics.
(E) Most automobile thefts are the work of professional thieves against whose efforts antitheft devices offer scant protection. If professionals are doing most of the thefts, why only cars with antitheft devices? Cars without antitheft devices should be stolen in equal, if not more, quantity.
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01 Jun 2009, 11:52
vaivish1723 wrote:
a statistical study of automobile theft by the automobile insurance industry claims that cars equipped with antitheft devices are more likely to be stolen than cars that are not so equipped.

BECAUSE

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(D) Automobile owners who have particularly theft-prone cars and live in areas of greatest incidence of car theft are those who are most likely to have antitheft devices installed.

D posses a plausible exlanation to the paradox that even if the car is equipped with the antitheft device it is more likely to be theft.
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03 Jun 2009, 10:03
This is simpler ..

here an alternate cause is shown for the effect..

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03 Jun 2009, 11:58
I didn't know Resolve the Paradox questions were on the GMAT... thought they were LSAT specific. Oh well, good to know
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03 Jun 2009, 13:46
But D doesn't say more number of cars with anti-theft device in theft prone will lead to the greater theft of these cars.
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03 Jun 2009, 21:09
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D. The arguement says that "cars equipped with antitheft devices are, more likely to be stolen", because cars with antitheft devices particularly are theft-prone cars and live in areas of greatest incidence of car theft. These situations (mentioned in D) clearly explains the reason for such cars being more likely to be stolen.

No where author has reported greater theft of these cars. "More Likely" may mean that burglars are trying their hands more on "these cars", but are these burglars successful ? we don't know.
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04 Jun 2009, 00:43
Straight hit - IMO D
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20 Apr 2010, 06:16
Its D.
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20 Apr 2010, 17:39
I chose D. It's the best shown solution. Seeing the question, I expected that the more people contract insurance, the more they use antitheft devices. Maybe my logic is faulty.
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20 Apr 2010, 20:33
my Ans : D is satisfied both police and insurance company statistic
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21 Apr 2010, 04:07
IMO:D
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22 Apr 2011, 20:41
it has to be d

a.irrelevat
b.opposite
c.irrelevat
d.correct
e.does not help solve the paradox
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29 Apr 2013, 20:26
vaivish1723 wrote:
Police statistics have shown that automobile antitheft devices reduce the risk of car theft, but a statistical study of automobile theft by the automobile insurance industry claims that cars equipped with antitheft devices are, paradoxically, more likely to be stolen than cars that are not so equipped.

Which one of the following, if true, does the most to resolve the apparent paradox?

(A) Owners of stolen cars almost invariably report the theft immediately to the police but tend to delay notifying their insurance company, in the hope that the vehicle will be recovered.
(B) Most cars that are stolen are not equipped with antitheft devices, and most cars that are equipped with antitheft devices are not stolen.
(C) The most common automobile antitheft devices are audible alarms, which typically produce ten false alarms for every actual attempted theft.
(D) Automobile owners who have particularly theft-prone cars and live in areas of greatest incidence of car theft are those who are most likely to have antitheft devices installed.
(E) Most automobile thefts are the work of professional thieves against whose efforts antitheft devices offer scant protection.

many car owners who take insurance might likely live in areas prone to theft, and those who are not in such areas wouldn't have necessity of insurance, hence this can justify both the claims so the option is D
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